Sexual Assault Prevention and Support Services

Johnson & Wales University takes a proactive stance to educate students regarding issues of sexual assault and methods of prevention. The full JWU Sexual Assault policy can be found in the Providence Student Handbook.

In the event of an assault, it is important for you to feel supported by someone who can listen to you. Everyone experiences trauma differently and it is essential to remember that no response is wrong. It is important for you to feel as safe as possible and to ensure that you are not isolated or alone.

How Counseling Services Can Help
Counseling Services is available with confidential support services whenever you feel ready. Our two office locations are safe spaces where counselors will listen and help you identify ways to address your concerns.

Counselors are available during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. During those times you can make an appointment or leave a confidential voicemail with the coordinator of sexual assault services.

After hours, call Safety & Security at 401-598-1103 to reach the on-call counselor.

Seek Prompt Medical Treatment
If you have experienced a sexual assault, get to a safe place immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Prompt medical treatment is essential in all sexual assault cases.

Once you arrive at the hospital, tell emergency room staff that there has been a sexual assault, so that you will be seen immediately.

A medical exam can alert you to the possibility of physical injury, trauma, pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. In addition, the evidence collected can be used at a later date if you choose to press charges.

Prior to the exam, it’s important that you do not change clothes, shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, smoke or chew gum. The clothing worn at the time of the assault will also be collected as evidence.

Medical attention is available regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the incident. Treatment can be received from a private physician, clinic or hospital.

Reporting an Assault
In order to stop this type of criminal activity, we encourage you to start the healing process by reporting what has happened to you. Students who have been sexually assaulted in any way are not to be blamed. Filing a report may help to protect you and others from victimization.

Contact Safety & Security or your local police to to report the sexual assault.

Find Strong Post-Assault Support
Regardless of whether you report the assault, you can always seek counseling to help with the emotional trauma associated with sexual assault.

Talking about your experience with a supportive third party is one way to work through your feelings. Survivors react in many different ways, and it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong response.

Counseling Services and Day One both offer confidential counseling services. if you choose to report the assault, Day One will also assist you through the post-assault process of filing charges, making medical appointments and preparing for court appearances.

Counseling Services Downcity Office
Wales Hall, 2nd Floor

Counseling Services Harborside Office
The Friedman Center, 2nd floor

JWU Resources
Counseling & Support Services (confidential): 401-598-1016
Counseling Services Trauma Specialist Elizabeth Briggs, LMFT: 401-598-1016
Title IX Coordinator Elizabeth Canning: 401-598-2716
Campus Safety & Security: 401-598-1103
Student Conduct: 401-598-2885
Health Services & Education: 401-598-1104
Gender Equity Center: 401-598-2133
Campus Ministry: 401-598-1830

Local Police Departments
Emergency: 911
Providence Police*: 401-272-3121
Cranston Police*: 401-942-2211
East Providence Police: 401-431-1111
Warwick Police*: 401-468-4200
RI State Police: 401-444-1000
Rehoboth Police: 508-252-3722
Seekonk Police: 508-336-8123
*Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Advocates are available in-house. For support in reporting a sexual assault, an advocate can be requested for any RI police department by calling the Victims of Crime Helpline at 800-494-8100.

Counseling and Support Services
Day One (formerly Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center RI): 401-421-4100
Victims of Crime Helpline (24-7): 800-494-8100
Mass. Safelink (24-7): 877-785-2020
National Sexual Assault Hotline (24-7): 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Fenway Health Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Violence Recovery Program: 617-927-6250
Love Is Respect 24-7 Advocate Line: chat with an advocate online or text “loveis” to 77054

Women and Infants Hospital: 401-274-1100 (females only)
Rhode Island Hospital: 401-444-4000
Roger Williams Hospital: 401-456-2000
Miriam Hospital: 401-793-2500
Kent Hospital: 401-737-7000

Planned Parenthood Teen Clinic: 401-421-9620
Providence Community Health Centers: 401-444-0530
AIDS Care Ocean State: 401-781-0665 (free Hep C and HIV testing)
Sidney Borum Health Center: 617-457-8140 (free STD testing)